Let Me Go

Let Me Go The Extraordinary Memoir, Praised Across Europe, Of A Daughter S Final Encounter With Her Mother, A Former SS Guard At Auschwitz.In 1941, In Berlin, Helga Schneider S Mother Abandoned Her, Her Younger Brother, And Her Father Thirty Years Later When She Saw Her Mother Again For The First Time Schneider Discovered The Shocking Reason Her Mother Had Joined The Nazi SS And Had Become A Guard In Concentration Camps, Including Auschwitz Birkenau And Ravensbr Ck, Where She Was In Charge Of A Correction Unit And Responsible For Untold Acts Of Torture.Nearly Three Decades Would Pass Before Their Second And Final Reunion, An Emotional Encounter At A Vienna Nursing Home, Where Her Mother, Then Eighty Seven And Unrepentant About Her Past, Was Ailing Let Me Go Is An Extraordinary Account Of That Meeting Their Conversation Which Schneider Recounts In Spellbinding Detail Triggers Childhood Memories, And She Weaves These Into Her Account, Powerfully Evoking The Misery Of Nazi And Postwar Berlin Yet It Is Her Internal Struggle A Daughter S Sense Of Obligation Colliding With The Inescapable Horror Of What Her Mother Has Done That Will Stay With Readers Long After The Book Has Ended. Before getting to the actual book, I was staggered to learn Helga Schneider s mother, a truly wicked woman and member of the Waffen SS, served only a six year prison term for minor war crimes, which, to rub salt into the wounds of the Jews, was reduced down to the fact of complete cooperation with an Allied investigating commission Six years , minor crimes , what went on within the walls of Birkenau can hardly be seen as minor OK, so she was only a guard, and nowhere near as bad as some of the Before getting to the actual book, I was staggered to learn Helga Schneider s mother, a truly wicked woman and member of the Waffen SS, served only a six year prison term for minor war crimes, which, to rub salt into the wounds of the Jews, was reduced down to the fact of complete cooperation with an Allied investigating commission Six years , minor crimes , what went on within the walls of Birkenau can hardly be seen as minor OK, so she was only a guard, and nowhere near as bad as some of the other monsters who carried out mass killings But selecting women prisoners for brothels, tearing screaming children away from their mothers, rifle butting, assisting in gh
In 1941, when Helga Schneider was four and her brother Peter not even two years of age, they were abandoned by their mother Their father, Stefan, was on the front, fighting for Hitler at the time, and an aunt and their paternal grandmother stepped in to care for the children Soon after, Stefan remarried Helga was not to see h
At times it was difficult to continue reading this book I stayed with it because of the mother daughter connection It would be hard not to feel revulsion toward oneself, knowing you were spawned by such a despicable creature It sickens me just to think I m a member of the same species as Helga Schneider s mother We re not really the same species, though I am homo sapiens and she was homo monsterus horribilis It s bad enough that a woman would abandon her two small children without hesitati At times it was difficult to con
This is a deeply compelling and disturbing chronicle of a daughter s final visit with the mother who abandoned her decades before in order to become a prison guard at Auschwitz The author wrestles deeply during the visit as she seeks to understood what possibly could have motivated her mother to make the choices she did She weaves in her personal history as she attempts to relate to and reconcile with the senile stranger she hasn t seenthan a handful of times in 30 years She probes her This is a deeply compelling and disturbing chronicle of a daughter s final visit with the mother who abandoned her decades before in order to become a prison guard at Auschwitz The author wrestles deeply during the visit as she seeks to understood what possibly could have motivated her mother to make the choices she did She weaves in her personal history as she attempts to relate to and reconcile with the senile stranger she hasn t seenthan a handful of times in 30 years She probes her frail mother in the lucid moments as she seeks answers to questions that have haunted her since childhood How far will the author push her mother and how much manipulation from a still unrepentant woman will Schneider tolerate in the hope of hearing remorse from a woman who personally herded prisoners into the gas
An important, emotionally intense and difficult book, which should be requisite reading for anyone trying to understand what happened in Germany during the Nazi era It is, basically, the portrait that a daughter makes of her own mother, an unrepentant and ferocious jewish hater Nazi who, decades after the fall of the regime, still hangs on to her despicable beliefs The frankness and discomfort of the author are heartbreaking She tries to reach out to her mother when the latest is gravely ill, An important, emotionally intense and difficult book, which shou
What a strange read I felt conflicted most of the time when reading this account The style of writing is nothing special, but the content is quite haunting, though not in a good way This is the account of an obviously confused and troubled daughter who has been abandoned by her mother when a small child so that the mother could serve Hitler in the SS Helga the daughter, and writer , though in her 50s now, has understandably been tormented by imaginings of what her mother did and saw as a gu What a strange read I felt conflicted most of the time when reading this account The style of writing is nothing special, but the content is quite haunting, though not in a good way This is the account of an obviously confused and troubled daughter who has been abandoned by her mother when a small child so that the mother could serve Hitler in the SS Helga the daughter, and writer , though in her 50s now, has understandably been tormented by imaginings of what her mother did and saw as a guard at Birkenau, and also by her own resentments about the personal impacts of the loss of her mother on her adolescence.This is the record of her apparently final visit to her mother in a nursing home, and the conversations that took place in that two and a half hours or so.Its hard to know if I m being unreasonable in considering Helga to possibly be mentally ill I suppose it would be difficult for her to be otherwise It s one of those situations in which we all are at our worst see
This is a gripping and heart wrenching memoir, that spoke to me on several levels The author was born in Poland in 1937, and grew up in Berlin When she was only 4, her mother abandoned the family to join the Nazi SS cause She worked in the concentration camps, assisting in the work of genocide Her daughter learns the terrible truth years later and spends decades of her life with no contact with the mother, until learning that she is becoming senile and weakening in a nursing home She relu This is a gripping and heart wrenching memoir, tha
This is a short, but incredibly intense book about the author s attempt to connect with her former SS mother before she dies My heart goes out to the author This book was hard to get through at times, I can t imagine living it The author s mother is completely unrepentant about her actions during WW II and a complete believer devoted to Hitler s ideologies The author struggles to deal with bot
A rather unsettling book It kept me the whole time balancing between sympathizing and detesting the MC An haunting story, but the writing and the way it was told didn t really appeal to me Possibly the awful facts that it gi
Brutal Simply brutal I listened to it on CD and had to stop listening several times First, there s the reality The mother was an SS guard at birkenau concentration camp The book includes details of atrocities to Jewish men, women and children that are very difficult to hear I listened because I never want to forget.Unfortunately,difficult to hear was the daughter s voice I don t mean the woman who was reading the book, not that voice No, it was the daughter s writing, her attitude, Brutal Simply brutal I listened to it on CD and had to stop listening several times First, there s the reality The mother was an SS guard at birkenau concentration camp The book includes details of atrocities to Jewish men, women and children that are very difficult to hear I listened because I never want to forget.Unfortunately,difficult to hear was the daughter s voice I don t mean the woman who was reading the book, not that voice No, it was the daughter s writing, her attitude, the way she looked at the world that was also very difficult to endure Yes, her mother left her and her brother and father when the daughter was four Y

[Epub] Let Me Go  By Helga Schneider – Rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • Let Me Go
  • Helga Schneider
  • English
  • 21 April 2018
  • 0802714358